Feb. 2, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington sophomore guard Nate Robinson, who erupted for a career-high 31 points in Thursday's upset of ninth-ranked Arizona, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
A product of Seattle's Rainier Beach High School, Robinson averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting 59 percent (13-of-22) from the field as the Huskies defeated Arizona and Arizona State last week in Seattle.
Robinson scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half of UW's 96-83 victory over Arizona. He also contributed five steals, five rebounds and three assists.
The 5-foot-9 guard converted 11-of-15 shots from the field against the Wildcats, including a spectacular alley-oop dunk in the second half that was named the No. 1 play of the night on ESPN SportsCenter.
The Huskies completed their first weekly sweep of two Pac-10 games since 1999 with Saturday's 90-81 victory over Arizona State. Robinson tallied eight points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals against the Sun Devils.
Robinson currently ranks third on the team with a 12.5-point scoring average, the 19th-best figure among Pac-10 players. He leads all Washington scorers during conference games, averaging 17.1 points against Pac-10 opponents.
This is the first time Robinson has received the weekly conference award and the first time a Washington player has been honored since Dec. 3, 2001 when Curtis Allen was the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
The Huskies (9-8, 4-5) are in the midst of a four-game winning streak. They embark on a two-game road trip to Los Angeles, playing Thursday at USC and Saturday at UCLA.